Health Care

His Final Cause

Senator Kennedy worked into his final days on one of his career’s signature issues: extending quality health care to all Americans. On June 9, Kennedy’s Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions released the 615-page “Affordable Health Choices Act.” In a statement, Kennedy said, “Our health care system is a crisis for American families and President Obama and members of Congress of both parties recognize the urgency of the problem. Our goal is to strengthen what works and fix what doesn’t. Over the next few days, we will continue working with our Republican colleagues on common sense solutions that reduce skyrocketing health care costs, assure quality care for all and provide affordable health insurance choices. Much work remains, and the coming days and weeks won’t be easy. But we have a unique opportunity to give the American people, at long last, the health care they need and deserve.”